Number of NYC Park Agency Garden Plots Beats National Average

October 4, 2010 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

©Margarida Correia. 6th and B Garden in the East Village is one of the 301 gardens citywide owned by one of six public agencies. 6th and B Garden became a permanent garden under the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Green Thumb program.

Of the city’s roughly 500 community gardens, 301 belong to one of six city agencies.   In a report released last month on the nation’s urban parkland, The Trust for Public Land turned up interesting facts on park agency community garden plots in New York City.  According to the report, New York has 3,170 garden plots.  That’s 3.8 garden plots per 10,000 residents, which is above the average for cities nationwide.   Cities average about 2.6 gardens plots per 10,000 residents.

New York City performed even better on total parkland acreage with more urban park areas than any of the nation’s most populous cities.  The report showed that New York has 38,000 acres of urban parkland, which represents a startling 19.5% of the city’s land area, more than even San Francisco (18%) and Seattle (10.2%).  It scores less favorably on parkland per 1,000 residents.  New Yorkers have 4.5 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents.  Oakland and Washington, D.C., each have 12.9 acres.  Seattle, which ranks third, has 9.1.

For more statistics, here’s the report, which is updated annually.  It covers everything from urban park acreage to playgrounds, dog parks and other facilities.

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